Inauguration of a New Primary School Building in Atomé

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His Excellency Robert E. Whitehead cuts the ribbon to ceremonially open the building, with the inspector of Education for Ogou, Bilateral Affairs Officer MAJ Mark McEvers, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel Charles Samuel and Adewale Adelakun.

U.S. Embassy Lomé is pleased to announce the inauguration of a new Primary School building in Atomé, around 55 km from Atakpamé. Funding from the Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program was used for this project. Ambassador Robert E. Whitehead addressed the parents, the teachers and the students, saying, “The Embassy of the United States of America continues to support the construction of schools throughout Togo for a simple reason. We believe that all children have the right to go to school, with constant support and encouragement from their parents and community leaders. The true purpose of this school is to inspire you to work hard to achieve your dreams. It is your duty to use your education to be successful not only in Togo but in this global village where we live.” Following his speech, the community presented him with a gift of traditional clothing. The ceremony included dancing and singing by local groups and a performance of the Togolese national anthem. Local dignitaries included the representative of the Prefect, the Inspector of Education for Ogou, the village chief, and local leaders.

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Local VIPs and students with Ambassador Robert E. Whitehead, Bilateral Affairs Officer MAJ Mark McEvers, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers personnel Charles Samuel and Adewale Adelakun in front of the new school building.

The new school building includes four classrooms, one office, one storeroom, two verandas, a rain-water collection system with three large tanks, and four latrines. The Turkish company CNAF built the facility in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with a budget of $200,000, around 100 million CFA.

Last year, the United States Government gave around $14.45 million (7.22 billion CFA) in development aid to Togo, including building 5 schools and 2 medical facilities through the Department of Defense Humanitarian Assistance Program.